A combustor includes an end cap that extends radially across at least a portion of the combustor, wherein the end cap comprises an upstream surface axially separated from a downstream surface. A shroud circumferentially surrounds at least a portion of the end cap, wherein the shroud at least partially defines a fuel plenum between the upstream surface and the downstream surface. A combustion chamber downstream from the end cap defines a longitudinal axis. A plurality of tubes extend from the upstream surface through the downstream surface of the end cap to provide fluid communication through the end cap to the combustion chamber. A transition duct circumferentially surrounds at least a portion of the combustion chamber downstream from the end cap and curves tangentially from the longitudinal axis.
FEDERAL RESEARCH STATEMENT
 This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-FC26-05NT42643, awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.